Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Details of June 9, 2008!

We woke up and got ready for the day. It was Nick's first day at sports camp (right down the road for three hours a day) and I happily dropped him off at 8:45!

I came home to do kitchen work and didn't have a whole lot on my plate that day. I felt anxious but that's not a new feeling. I was jumping at every phone call and was let down each time except when my sister Kiki (Michelle) called. She's been home for a few days as she had a minor medical procedure done and had some time off from work. We chatted for a few minutes and I told her that Nick was at camp and that I was getting a little bored and wanted to go visit the last half hour to watch him and the gang wrap up. She decided to join me and we made plans to grab a quick bite out (a cheat - again) afterwards with Nicholas at a nearby Pizza joint.

While I was waiting for her to call me back to say that she was leaving her house, I stood at the screen door to the deck and looked up at the birds and said, "come on Roy, it's time, call ME"!
Nope! Grrr.

Michelle and I met at the school/camp and watched Nick pay zero attention to his coaches while the rest of the "team" listened and played the game eagerly... that's my guy! :) He finished up and we made a quick stop back at my house to grab something before heading off to lunch.

A few minutes after being seated and ordering (I got a glass of wine - at 1:00) our food and I pulled out the envelope of our new foster child Tsige in Ethiopia. I talked a ton about the sponsorship program to Michelle and she listened and asked many questions... Then the question, "why is it taking so long if the problem is sooo huge"? I'm sure you've all heard this several times and I tried to explain things... I ended by saying, "it's going to be really soon. We're at the top again and there haven't been any referrals in a little bit". So our food came and I (as usual) couldn't focus on much except for the f.fries and pizza while we tried to entertain Nicholas with his activity book and get him out of his cranky mood (he was tired)!!

Da, da, duh.... drum roll..... my cell phone rang. I didn't hear it but Kiki did and said something. I fumbled my blackberry out and noticed it was MP's work number. As I went to press the ignore button (I'm not a jerk, but I figured I'd just call him back when I got in the car, we were finishing up with lunch) but decided to answer.

ME; hello
MP; hey
Me; hey
MP; where are you
ME; I'm at Fremont house of Pizza with Michelle and Nick, why
MP; take the phone and go outside
MP; trust me, there's someone on the phone that wants to speak with you, just go outside now
Me; OMG, are you serious, is this it
MP; YES, go outside

Me; ok, I'm outside now, what's going on
MP; hang on hun, I'm going to patch someone in

MP; ok, we're both here
Roy; hi lori
Me; sobbing uncontrollably, yessss (hesitant)
Roy; congratulations
Me; omg, omg, omg are you serious
Roy; you have a daughter and I'm going to give you the details, we need to meet later today

The rest is a sniveling, slobbering, mess of a conversation that I'll spare you of because it contains alot of "huhs, uh-huh's, and freaky crying.

He kept pausing for response and never got any really because I was frozen and a hysterical mess.. I didn't even remember her name after I hung up! I went in and the waitress was starring at me (Kiki said something) and gave Kiki a thumbs up! She saw my face all curdled and wet and was relieved with the thumbs up because I think she thought something was wrong... Poor Nick just kept saying, "Mommy, your tears are coming out"! Precious! We kept telling him why but he just doesn't get it. He keeps thinking she's on her way - literally!

The ride home was crazy, I was trying to call people and just got machines and it was a blurr.

We met with Roy at 5:00 last night and learned about our girl - there's been a ton of different emotions but I think that's on par with adoption. I'll be sending or hand delivering our acceptance tomorrow to our agencies headquarters to try to expedite things... time is so of the essence right now. I don't want to think of not passing court in time, but it's a reality. It won't kill my emotions or high right now and I can post about that stuff in due time! Right now is referral time!

Sadly MP is away all week, so I'll be sleepless on my own!

This is the story of the day! She is tremendous and full of beauty and grace, even in her sorrowful pictures.... I can't wait to hold her and see her smile...

ps... I never expected MP to get the call, I had it all planned out in my head, see what happens when you plan! God has a sense of humor indeed!


  1. I love this Lori! Great post, you totally gave me the chills. I can so relate to the crying and being a sloppy mess! It's so exciting, isn't it!!
    So you guys are in my prayers. I hope and pray that things go well so you can bring home your sweet little girl.


  2. OHHHHH...What a wonderful call story!!I'm bettin' she's just gorgeous!!! So happy for you!!

  3. YEH! Congrats, I am so happy for you and your family!!!!

  4. SOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! Congratulations!! Can't wait to see her beautiful picture someday (hopefully soon!)

  5. Congrats, congrats! The Winters are so excited for you and the family of 4!!

  6. Congrats. Oh the amazing glory of adoption!

  7. How fantastic! I love it, Lor. God does things completely different than we plan and it's wonderful! HOORAY!!!
    I can hardly wait to see your little beauty queen in your arms where she belongs! :D

  8. What a great referral story!! I am so happy for you and can't wait to hear more about your little angel!!

  9. I loved hearing the details! I was there with you in my head. And I just LOVE Roy!!!

  10. Hi,
    I have been following your journey for some time now...and have to chime in to say CONGRATULATIONS!
    I was just heading off to bed and decided to check your blog and now am in tears reading your great news.
    It is so great to "live" thought others referrals while I wait.

    Am looking forward to following along on the next beautiful chapter...you will be in my prayers for a quick court date.
    Again, congratulations to all of you ;-)
    (2 months waiting for my referral for a baby girl from Ethiopia).

  11. HI! I sent you an email, but it got returned, so here is my email address: kevinandstacie@yahoo.com

    Can't wait for my surprise! :)

  12. Congratulations!! Beautiful story. You'll be with her before you know it!

  13. Ok, surely you truly get that we aren't driving the ship by now:) (self-talk here) Can you even believe it? God is so good my friend. Sorry we missed each other today.

    Enjoy the moment.

  14. congrats!! What a great post!! I'm a little behind you, but still can't wait to have my story to tell someday!! Thanks for sharing,
    Kristi Johnson

  15. Congratulations Lori! She sounds amazing! Your story of the call is a great one... had me crying!


  16. What a great story! I can just imagine the call. I can't wait to see your precious T! Congratulations.

    With Love,

  17. OMG! I can't even believe it. I mean I knew it would happen, but this is such wonderful great news. I am so happy for you. A little girl...WOW! Yea!!!!

  18. Lori, thanks for sharing your beautiful referral story!

    I'm right there with you -- these are crazy, wonderful days!!

    Now...on to court! Hoping for the best for you guys!!!

  19. I figured after I got a referral that reading people's stories of "the call" wouldn't make me cry. WRONG! I am crying. It's just so wonderful and emotional and crazy. CONGRATULATIONS!

  20. Your comment on our blog was too funny. We think our dog Kia(girl) is cute also. You must be a dog lover like us!
    Again, so happy about your referral. I cannot wait to see pics......

  21. That is a wonderful story!! We have been home for almost 3 months with our 3 year old daughter. It has been absolutely amazing!! Good Luck!!

  22. Lori,

    Oh my oh my....I just logged on to read.

    HELL YES!!!


    A thousand times congrats.

    I really started crying...for real I did....I am not just saying that. This is the most excited post habi getting home I have been about anything in blogland.

    I am just so happy for you.

    You have always been so warm, supportive, amazing, patient, a great friend even though we have never met....and now I get to live this all over again through you.

    I am just so genuinely happy that it FINALLY happened for you....I cannot imagine a better fathers day weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses!!!

    The Bakers

  23. I am a lot late but CONGRATS!! I can't wait to see her beautiful face!!